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RP, you've just tickled my curiosity so I Googled the word "Ietermagog" and was led to the website of the Afgan Hound Pedigree database. It would seem that there is a champion by the name of "Calahorra Ietermagog". :lol:

I think I should rest my case.... :roll:

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Hippopotamus comes from the Greek - Hippo = horse - Potamus = river.

<...>Interestingly, the German for Hippo is Seekuh - (Sea Cow)

Remember, the Dutch came prepared <...>

Yup, and we brought our dictionaries... :wink:
The German word for Hippopotamus is Flusspferd (= river horse) or also Nilpferd or Grossflusspferd. Compare Dutch Nijlpaard = Nilpferd = Nile horse.

Seacows (also called Sirenians) are an entirely different species, related to Dujongs and Manatees.

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Any idea where the name Meerkat derives from??
<...>one theory is that Meerkat is simply the Afrikaans for Mongoose. The other theory is that the early Dutch settlers used the phrase "meer kat as hond" which was shortened to Meerkat<...>


We've discussed the subject a while ago under Who's line is it any way? Revolving too:
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<...>"Meerkat" is the generic Afrikaans name for mongoose, and although the Dutch word suggests to be a combination of meer (lake) and kat (cat), this is incorrect. Another - false - assumption is that it is derived from the Afrikaans phrase "meer kat as hond" which translates to "more cat than dog", allegedly the description of mongooses by the early Dutch settlers. Over time the name has come to be associated with the species suricate (Suricata suricatta).

In fact, the original meaning of the (Dutch) word "meerkat" is "monkey", and it is related to Old High German "mericazza".
Thinking along the lines of folk-etymology, the most likely origin is a (recorded in writing) mispronunciation/misspelling of "markat" (Hindi) and/or "markata" (Sanskrit). This in spite of the word being used in Germanic long before any known direct contact with India. The earliest known reference of "meerkat" is dated as far back as the late 15th century, and so also well before the Dutch set foot on African shores.

For comparison: the Dutch name for Vervet monkey is Groene meerkat (Green Monkey).

Must say, I've always liked the "meer kat as hond" version of the tale. ;)

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What about a

vlakvark-shallow pig (warthog)
and the whale
potvis-pot fish(spermwhale)
Dassie-small tie (rock hyrax)
klipspringer-stone jumper

I think the Kameelperd comes from because it walks like a Camel but runs like a horse(if you look at way the legs move)
blessbok-bald antelope

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 Post subject: Re: Sea cow
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Jose wrote:

The German word for Hippopotamus is Flusspferd (= river horse) or also Nilpferd or Grossflusspferd. Compare Dutch Nijlpaard = Nilpferd = Nile horse.

Seacows (also called Sirenians) are an entirely different species, related to Dujongs and Manatees.


Than you for that correction, Joques! :redface:

Interestingly, Google suggests the German refers to the Dugong, the African version of the manatee, and one which the Germans would have noticed earlier, colonially speaking... :? (Steller's Sea Cow)

Therefore, one would assume "seekoei" to be a unique Afrikaans creation!? :?


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I like bobbejaan (baboon) can be used for anything from a spanner to whatever :)


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The "Small shrinking Pig" was "Krimpvarkie", by the way! :lol:

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Blou aap = Blue monkey (Vervet monkey)

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what about:duisendpoot thousandlegs (millepede)(songololo) 8)


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A chameleon is a verkleurmannetjie (small changing colour man :D) or a trapsuutjie (a step lightly/carefully).

In some parts of SA a leopard (luiperd) is called a tier (tiger).

A hedgehog is a krimpvarkie (a shrinking piglet)
A porcupine is a ytservark (iron pig).

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Muishond (Mouse-Dog) and
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Muishond (Mouse-Dog) = Mongoose

Toktokkie (little knock-knock) = Toktokkie (A type of beetle in which the adults tap (tok-tok) on the ground to attract a mate.)
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Meerkat = Lake cat


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Kolhaas (Scrub hare) - Hare with a spot


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